This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). The project was supported by global, regional and country based experts from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. A global survey was distributed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The e-book can be downloaded, by clicking here: My Hero is You, how kids can fight COVID-19
A framework of topics to be addressed through the story was developed using the survey results. The book was shared through storytelling to children in several countries affected by COVID-19. Feedback from children, parents and caregivers was then used to review and update the story.
Over 1,700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world took the time to share with us how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. A big thank you to these children, their parents, caregivers and teachers for completing our surveys and influencing this story. This is a story developed for and by children around the world.
This IASC MHPSS RG acknowledge Helen Patuck for writing the story script and illustrating this book.
©IASC, 2020. This publication was published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/igo). Under the terms of this license, you may reproduce, translate and adapt this Work for non-commercial purposes, provided the Work is appropriately cited.
With the UNHCR hosting it’s annual High-Commissioner’s Dialogue on “Protection At Sea” over 10-11 December 2014, they have prepared stories from refugees and asylum seekers sharing their experiences about why they had to flee by boat.
Saransika, a young Sri Lankan girl currently in Indonesia says:
“What happened to me and my family should not happen to others”.
It’s such a tragic story but we encourage you to share it with your friends on social media so they understand that people take these dangerous boat journeys because there are no safe pathways to protection available to them:
Jakarta, 22 November 2014 – Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil Indonesia untuk Perlindungan Hak Pengungsi –SUAKA, mendesak pemerintah Republik Indonesia untuk segera melaksanakan rekomendasi Komite Hak Anak PBB untuk perlindungan anak dengan maksimal.
Hal ini ditegaskan oleh SUAKA dalam rangka Memperingati Hak Anak Internasional yang jatuh pada tanggal 20 November, bertepatan dengan lahirnya Konvensi Hak Anak. Hari internasional ini diperingati khusus untuk seluruh anak-anak di dunia sebagai bentuk pengingat atas kondisi kehidupan anak-anak saat ini.
Kebebasan Seorang Anak adalah Hak Asasi Manusia
Komite Hak-hak Anak PBB, Laporan 2012 pada Diskusi Umum Hak-hak Anak dalam konteks Migrasi Internasional:
“Seorang anak tidak boleh dikriminalisasi atau dikenakan tindakan hukuman karena status migrasi mereka atau orang tua mereka. Negara harus segera dan sepenuhnya menghentikan penahanan anak-anak berdasarkan status imigrasi mereka.” (paragraf 78)
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Report of the 2012 Day of General Discussion on the Rights of All Children in the Context of International Migration:
“Children should not be criminalized or subject to punitive measures because of their or their parents’ migration status. States should expeditiously and completely cease the detention of children on the basis of their immigration status.” (para. 78)
Suaka Facebook / End Child Detention Facebook